A new warning has been issued for people belonging to vulnerable groups due to the high concentration of dust particles in the atmosphere today.
According to the Department of Labour Inspection, at 1pm this afternoon the average hourly concentration of particulate matter with a diameter smaller than 10mm (PM 10) in the atmosphere was between 20μg/m3 (microgrammes per cubic metre) and 199μg/m3, exceeding the safe limit of 50μg/m3.
Yesterday, Wednesday 06th September 2018, the average 24hour concentration of respirable particles was between 26μg/m3 and 57μg/m3 depending on the location.
Due to the small size of the respirable particles and their negative effect on human health, the public and especially the vulnerable groups of population (children, older people, and patients) are advised to avoid circulating outdoors and exercising in open spaces during this event.
Also, it is required that the employers take the appropriate measures (organizational or technical), after assessing the risks, that their employees are facing while working in open spaces. Moreover, it is recommended that the workers in open spaces use appropriate means of personal protection.
More information on the measured pollutant concentrations is available online through the dedicated website maintained by DLI at www.airquality.gov.cy, and also through the free application “Air Quality Cyprus” on the Google Play and iOS App Store.